Chuck E. Cheese marks Autism Awareness Month with the return of its program for children with autism and other sensory sensitivity needs.
The family entertainment and dining venue announced it will bring back its “Sensory Sensitive Sundays” program to participating locations nationwide on Sunday, April 11.
The program creates dedicated playtime tailored for children with autism and other special sensory needs, offering a quieter dining and entertainment environment, dimmed lighting and a sensory-friendly arcade experience. Chuck E. Cheese locations that have reopened for games will open two hours early to host Sensory Sensitive Sunday events.
The following New Orleans-area locations will participate in Sensory Sensitive Sunday on these dates:
- 7000 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie: April 11, April 18, April 25
- 3701 General De Gaulle Drive, New Orleans: April 11
- 69252 Highway 21, Covington: April 11, April 25
See other participating Louisiana locations here.
Select locations nationwide will reintroduce the program the first Sunday of every month for the remainder of 2021, according to a release.
“For many years, we’ve hosted Sensory Sensitive Sundays to ensure that Chuck E. Cheese is truly the place where every kid can be a kid,” CEC Entertainment chief marketing officer Sherri Landry said in a release. “We’ve heard from families that they appreciated the program and how much they’ve missed it while it’s been paused during the pandemic. Bringing back Sensory Sensitive Sundays during Autism Awareness Month is a fitting way to celebrate and support these children and their families.”
Chuck E. Cheese is also launching a month-long round-up campaign benefitting Autism Speaks, allowing guests to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and support Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts.
The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
“Finding ways to create spaces where autistic children feel safe, seen and heard is what makes Chuck E. Cheese the ultimate place where Every Kid Can be A Kid,” the company said.
Chuck E. Cheese launched Sensory Sensitive Sundays for the first time in 2018.
For more information on Chuck E. Cheese’s Sensory Sensitive Sundays and participating restaurants, visit the website.